Driver Guided Tours of Scotland
I am a proud native Scot with strong family links that stretch, through the Clan Chisholm and Inverness, in the highlands of Scotland, to the Capital City of Edinburgh and down to the Scottish Borders Region. My links with the Highlands include my Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather, Alexander, 16th Chief of Keppoch, who died leading the clan MacDonald at Culloden .
I am married to Trish and we are fortunate to have four grown up children and I have a granddaughter of 15 years.
After completing a police career that spanned more than 30 years I retired to pursue my passion for Scotland, her heritage and her history. In order to enhance my knowledge and learn essential guiding skills I enrolled in an intensive two year course run by The University of Edinburgh in conjunction with the Scottish Tourist Guide Association.
I earned a diploma, from Edinburgh University, in Scottish Studies and qualified from the course as an STGA Blue Badge Tourist Guide for Scotland. As a result I am a fully qualified guide for all of Scotland and I am now at your service, offering driver guided tours of Scotland to any part of the mainland or the Islands.
Scotch Whisky Ambassador and Member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling
I have always had a healthy interest in Whisky and am a strong advocate of sensible drinking habits.
My knowledge of Whisky has benefitted from a learning experience in visiting and meeting staff, brewers and distillers at almost every one of the current 118 Malt Whisky Distilleries in Scotland as well as the huge Wm Grant & Sons Grain Distillery at Girvan and bottling plants in Central Scotland.
To further enhance my skills and knowledge I studied to gain a General Certificate in Distilling and I am a member of The Institute of Brewing and Distilling. I also enrolled with the industry’s’s “Scotch Whisky Experience” and passed the “Ambassador” course with distinction.
Along with my friend and colleague Ronnie Berri I now conduct regular tutored whisky tasting through our whisky tasting business www.scotchwhiskytasting.com and we are thrilled that Ronnie was recently elevated to become a “Keeper of the Quaich“.